10 Absolutely Baffling Celebrity Cameos in Music Videos

  • April 10, 2014
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Believe it or not, music videos are actually things that still exist, despite the fact that channels like MTV would have you believe otherwise. Celebrities popping up in a music video are never particularly surprising. If, for example, you saw LeBron James pop up in a hip hop video, it would make total sense. But now and then a celebrity will appear in a music video and you kind of have to do a double take and rewind just to see if your mind was playing a very bizarre trick on you.


Steve Guttenberg in a Michael Jackson Video

Back in the 1980’s, Steve Guttenberg was, amazingly, one of the biggest comedy actors on the planet. We’re still trying to figure out why. Either way, even knowing how big he was with movies like Police Academy, Cocoon, and Three Men and a Baby, it’s just plain odd to see him pop up in a Michael Jackson, but that’s exactly what happened when he appeared in the video for the song Liberian Girl. The results are every bit as strange as you’d imagine.


Robert Downey Jr. in an Elton John Video

These days the only reason it would be odd to see Iron Man appear in any music video is the fact that, frankly, he’s just too big of a megastar. But there was a time not too long ago when that wasn’t the case, and that’s part of the reason that it seems so weird to see RDJ in a music video for Elton John back in 2001. Not only did he star in the video at a time when he was pretty far removed from being Hollywood royalty due to his rather public drug abuse, but the video basically consisted of the once and future Tony Stark lip syncing the lyrics.


Idris Elba in a Mumford and Sons Video

There are a lot of reasons why some celebrities and musicians seem like an odd fit. When it comes to Idris Elba appearing in a Mumford and Sons video, it’s in large part because Elba played the incredible character of Stringer Bell on the show The Wire, and it just seems baffling to imagine Stringer Bell ever digging a band like Mumford and Sons. On top of that, when he’s not acting, Elba is a renowned DJ and even has a side career as a rapper. By the way, not only did Elba star in the video, he directed it, too. If you ask us, Stringer Bell has gone soft.


Kathy Griffin in an Eminem Video

In a way, it almost seems like a natural fit to combine Kathy Griffin and Eminem. Both have a certain kind of obnoxious, blunt reputation and certainly never come close to holding their tongues, but while one is an insanely talented lyricist, the other is just super annoying. That’s why it’s just weird for us to watch the video for the song Real Slim Shady, for some reason playing a diner waitress and being just as obnoxious as ever.


Gary Oldman in a Guns 'N' Roses Video

There are certain actors you just never expect to see in any sort of music video, and Gary Oldman certainly falls into that category. He just seems a little too respectable and serious in his craft to ever stoop to appearing in a video, let alone a Guns ‘N’ Roses video. After all, who thinks of Axl Rose and Gary Oldman in the same sentence? Yet there he was, playing a demonic presence in Axl’s life, following him around and mocking him throughout the video. Incidentally, this was the last Guns ‘N’ Roses music video ever shot.